"Green" plastic bag fee to go before Seattle voters
Seattleites will get to decide whether they're willing to pay a 20-cent-per-plastic bag "green" fee to help the environment.
The City Council on Monday moved to put the question before voters on the Aug. 18 ballot.
Our Take: After a lot of feet-dragging, Seattle residents will finally vote on the bag fee, originally set to take effect Jan 1 of this year. The plastics industry was successful in stalling it, but we hope they won't ultimately derail it. At 20-cents, this bag fee targeting both paper and plastic is a model for cities everywhere to reduce consumption.